April 24, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

Cookie House historical marker dedication set for April 26

Charlotte County Community Services’ Libraries & History Division will dedicate the Bass Biological Laboratory “Cookie House” historical marker at Cedar Point Environment Park at 10 a.m. Saturday April 26. More...

Camaro vs. Mustang: One of America’s great rivalries

Ever since the days of the Hatfields and the McCoys, rivalries have been a cornerstone of American culture. Some become endlessly bitter feuds. More...

Governor tours the fast lane

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently took a tour of the Daytona Rising project, a $400 million frontstretch renovation at Daytona International Speedway. Gov. More...

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Business News

Dealing with the downtime

The summer slowdown means different things to SWFL businesses

Like other things here, doing business in the subtropics is frequently counterintuitive, at least compared to challenges faced by other business owners in North America. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Pets are what they eat, say the owners of AnimaLuvrs

Peggy Prickett said that when she and Joyce Morgenroth decided to open their pet supply store, they were told by others in the business that they would not survive because they don’t sell pets. More...

PG Airport traffic soars

Officials at the Charlotte County Airport Authority reported that the passenger count at the Punta Gorda Airport increased 127 percent in the month of March. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

SCOTT SIMMONS/FLORIDA WEEKLY

I really enjoy antiquing this time of year in Florida. Why? Many of the winter dealers who set up at area shows and fairs have gone North, and local dealers often have reduced their prices. Here are some places to visit: More...

Boz Scaggs

SOUL AND R&B have been at the heart of much of the music Boz Scaggs has made over his 45-year recording career. More...

How summer will shape up at the movies

It’s gogoing to be a busy summer at the cinema. More...

Oyster Habitat Creation Project aims to bring back oysters

Sometimes nature needs a little nurturing of its own. More...

COMMENTARY

Naked, nekked, unclothed, bare, nude

Mark Twain, who died 104 years ago this month but has never faded away, famously pointed out that, “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.” He probably got the notion from a 1789 letter by Benjamin Franklin, who also manage More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 8 P.M. Pink Gold Rush They discovered it by accident in the dark of night, and by the time the full moon shone, the Pink Gold Rush was on. More...

Boys & Girls Clubs live auction planned

A live auction will be held to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County.Previewisa5p.m.andthe auction starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Auction Lotto in School House Plaza, 4300 Kings Highway, unit 300, Port Charlotte. More...

Serenity tops annual list of top 10 boat names

If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? More...

Acura’s MDX bridges gap between car and SUV

It hit me as I worked my way through traffic on the freeway: Acura’s redesigned MDX is more like a car and less like a utility vehicle. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

1101 Rum Cay Court, Punta Gorda

THIS LOVELY RECENTLY RENOVATED FIVE-BEDROOM HOME WITH TWO MASTER suites on a tip lot offers an exceptional view of intersecting canals through large windows. The two-story living room has a soaring gas fireplace. More...

Celine Dion’s digs up for sale

With her Las Vegas contract extended to 2019, Celine Dion sold her 24,000-squarefoot Montreal mansion for $30 million, and also has her Florida home up for sale. More...

Villas from the high $100s still available at Ventura Village

Only a few villas remain for sale in the gated community of Ventura Village in Venice by D.R. Horton, just two miles from the sandy beaches of Manasota Key. More...